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Offline Cafe

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G'day From Lansing, Michigan
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:55 PM »

I am a hobby woodworker and have relatively recently discovered Festool products and I am smitten.

My first purchase was a R0125 after watching a vid by fellow Aussie David Stanton (check out his channel sometime).

Then, torn between upgrading my circa 2000 Triton tablesaw that I'd brought with me from Oz to a regular tablesaw or the newly discovered world of tracksaws, I decided a TS75 was the go and just received that little beauty today.

My stack of Systainers is growing - the wife is starting to see green (literally) and I'm sure will soon have to fork out some dosh for a long arm quilting machine. Say, Festool don't make those do they? Would probably come shipped in a Sewtainer.

Anyway, discovered FOG when I wanted to sell some 150 mm sanding pads that came with the Surfix kit.


« Last Edit: June 14, 2017, 09:57 PM by Cafe »

Offline Holmz

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Re: G'day From Lansing, Michigan
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 03:38 AM »
What brought to Lancing? (Studies?)
Where in Au did you come from?
(We Just alighted across from Southern Cross stn an hour ago.)

Whether or not you are headed back here or elsewhere makes a difference in tool purchases.
I am using universal motors that are 230v, so a US220v/50-Hz or Au/Eu power works.

Offline Cafe

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Re: G'day From Lansing, Michigan
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 06:18 PM »
Well I have lived in a few places in Oz, Melbourne where I was born, Sydney for a few years, then Adelaide and finally Brisbane before we moved to the US.

I got head-hunted by a US company to head up the Railroad Training Sim group and am now working for Union Pacific.

I will eventually head back to Oz, but I am not worried about the voltage differences. Nothing a 5,000 W step-up transformer can't handle. The only thing that annoys me is the imperial measurement system. While I grew up with imperial for a while, we swapped to metric in the 70's and for woodworking and general measurements I love working in metric. Festool's recent decision to move to imperial here in the US was a bummer.

That having been said, the underlying notches on the tool (TS 75) are metric, so I know that beneath its imperial exterior, there beats a metric heart!

Southern Cross station - that's the old Spencer St station in Melbourne isn't it?

Anyway, cheers to you Holmz.


Offline Holmz

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Re: G'day From Lansing, Michigan
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 06:29 PM »
Yeah @Cafe spence street station is the same.
Headed over there after a latte.

To keep on the train theme...
There are 3 track/rail choices: Festool/Makita, Bosch/Mafell and DeWalt, and "what rides the rails" is determined by the rail.

A table saw can still be useful, and I broke down and get one which arrived last week.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2017, 06:43 PM by Holmz »